General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan issued a joint statement Thursday to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:
The report that we have been shopping NaVorro Bowman is completely false. From the time we joined the organization, NaVorro has been the consummate professional. It is evident he has been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and we have been impressed by what we have already seen on the field. We are looking forward to NaVorro’s future contributions to this team.
Lombardi, who now works for The Ringer, said the 49ers have made it known to the rest of the league that Bowman is available, but that the veteran’s injury history – which includes a torn Achilles that ended his 2016 season – could dampen his value.
“They’re definitely doing that. They’ve made it known that if you want him, he’s healthy, they’ll be willing to move,” Lombardi told host Tate Frazier on a recent episode of “The Ringer NFL Show.”
“I don’t know who’s going to pay him $9.5 million coming off all the injuries that he’s had, but you can have him,” Lombardi added. “I think that ultimately, you have to make that decision, and I don’t think it’ll be a lot. I think the 49ers will get rid of him for very little.”
Bowman is signed through the 2022 season after inking an extension last offseason, and appears to be fully recovered from his injury, participating in the 49ers’ offseason workouts.
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